Viewpoints

Wed
16
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I have become sort of addicted to watching the presidential press briefings, and have come to the conclusion that Sarah Huckabee Sanders not only earns her government check as spokesperson, but should also get hazardous duty pay.

She faces a press corps that is almost unanimously hostile toward the president and his administration, but lately toward Sarah herself. And she is frequently confronted with things on which the president has ricocheted two or three times while forming a position.

Today’s conference was a short one, because Sarah wanted to clear time for the First Lady, who was going to talk about cyber bullying. I watched a few minutes of her talk, and then went to set out the two trash carts for next morning’s pickup.

Wed
09
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that say what you will about President Trump’s strengths or weaknesses, it is hard to deny that his name has the power to promote some previously little known females to national fame ... or infamy, perhaps.

First we were treated to the appearance of a porn movie performer who, through lawsuits, has become nationally known, and whose performance fees have skyrocketed as a result.

Now comes a third grade comedienne who maybe was known only to late night TV viewers. She was hired by the national press for their annual gathering and reportedly unleashed an obscenity laced and racist attack against a couple of Trump’s associates who were present. Next morning, the entire sentient world learned her name.

Next?

Wed
09
May

Word for Word 5/9/18

Pastor Duane Smith
Pastor Duane Smith

God’s Will

Graduation is just around the corner. It is an exciting time for all who are graduating as they contemplate what their future holds. Many will wonder, “what is God’s will for my life?”

The concept of God’s will is often shrouded in mystery but it doesn’t need to be. There are some key concepts that we need to understand when it comes to knowing God’s specific will for us.

First, God wants to be known. He has revealed himself to us primarily through the Bible. Jeremiah 9:24 says: “but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.” In this passage God says that He can be known and that there are specific things we are to know about Him.

Wed
09
May

Letter to the Editor: Track meets reflect the greatness of this area

To the Editor:

I have had the great pleasure to work several track meets in grades 7-12 the last few years. These events showcase the most respectful youth, coaches, parents, and supporters of the community. To see some of the very best humans in the area, attend a track meet. These meets reiterate the spectacular vigor of our northeast Iowa population.

Ben Lange
Waukon Middle and High School English Teacher

Wed
09
May

Letter to the Editor: New Albin Elementary art classes

To the Editor:

I would like to publicly acknowledge all the service and religious organizations who funded the art classes at New Albin Elementary School this past year. My husband, Jon, was the sole fundraiser for this program. He researched the importance of art in the development of children and gathered donations from the following organizations: Lansing VFW, Lansing American Legion, Lansing Women’s Auxiliary, Lansing Knights of Columbus and New Albin VFW. The New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) provided our first batch of art paper.

Mrs. McCormack, a grandmother of one our students, supplied the children with reams of high quality painting paper which kept us in paper for the year. Jennifer Davis, in all her creativity, planned a bake sale which raised enough money to fund the program next year, and those planning efforts would not have been as fruitful without the staff who baked and baked and baked.

Wed
02
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I watched most of the funeral for the late Barbara Bush, not because I was a fan, but because of her position as wife of one president and mother of another.

She was unique in that respect, even though the same was true of Abigail Adams. But it is my understanding that Barbara was alone in being alive for both, because Abigail died before her son took office.

There were several reasons why I stayed with the program.

For one, I was captivated by the huge, highly ornate Episcopalian church where the funeral was held.

I am not familiar with the Episcopal religion. So I was unprepared for how “at home” this life-long Roman Catholic seemed to feel while “attending” the funeral. Many of the prayers were the same and came at the same time of the ceremony familiar to me.

Wed
02
May

Letter to the Editor: Partisan Farm Bill not good for Iowans

To the Editor:

Folks in rural Iowa are well aware of the enormous opportunity the Farm Bill represents for economic growth. Renewal of this traditionally bipartisan bill is a chance to make adjustments that can directly make or break Iowa’s family farms and, in turn, their communities. But the bill does more than that - it also reauthorizes SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps 1,406 Iowans in Allamakee County put food on their families’ tables.

Last week the U.S. House Agriculture Committee passed a partisan version of the Farm Bill, which is expected to reach the House floor in early May. It includes harsh cuts and other changes that would hurt the 360,000 Iowans who rely on SNAP to help make ends meet, including families with children, people with disabilities, older workers and people who are working or in between jobs.

Wed
02
May

Letter to the Editor: Concern for farmers

To the Editor:

I’m writing this letter because I’m highly concerned about our farmers; the markets are below or almost below break-even, and if this Chinese tariff thing causes corn, bean, beef and pork prices to drop more, that would be a disaster.

If the farmer is hurt too long, we all will suffer. When the farmers do well, we all do well.

We are competing in manufacturing worldwide, and the Chinese are the true competitors. The Chinese came to the USA and were famous for doing laundry - their charge per shirt was two cents and they lived well with their family.

The unions took over our labor force and they did some good regarding working conditions, but they became totally corrupt, demanding higher wages that they did not earn, making it hard for our companies to compete.

Wed
25
Apr

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I have admitted here before that I am a fair weather fan. When the team for which I am rooting falls far behind, I am likely to find something else to hold my interest.

Some folks are just the opposite.

A classic example is Pat Hughes, who does the radio play-by-play of Chicago Cubs games. Thanks to the AM radio station in Elkader, I am able to listen to Pat for most games, and even when they are televised, I will mute the TV feed and listen to Pat. He is the ultimate Cub fan, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the team, past and present.

When the Cubs are losing by a lopsided score, Pat will suggest “there is lots of baseball yet to play,” which always causes me to snort. So I did when the Cubs fell behind 9 to 1 after two and a half innings in a recent game, and still trailed 10-2 after six innings.

Wed
25
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Disappointed and concerned

To the Editor:

Based on the opinions expressed in the Viewpoints section of The Standard, I am very concerned about the constant themes that are being sent to young readers in their formative years. Although I value diversity of opinion and appreciate those perspectives which are markedly different than mine, I am saddened that a large number of messages are present in The Standard which are reactionary and offensive.

Comparing Democrats to the devil and accusing them of murdering in order to achieve their goals, assuring your readership that ‘liberal’ is a dirty word, and routinely presenting far right opinions as fact is doing your readership a disservice. Where is the enlightenment that can come only from an unbiased presentation of information, from multiple viewpoints which challenge and encourage growth?

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